Whether you’re an aspiring college or university president, provost or vice president, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) can help you take your career to the next level.

Over the last decade, AALI has earned acclaim as the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to leadership development in higher education. AALI partners with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to offer a wide range of leadership programs, networking opportunities, and mentorship experiences to prepare administrators to advance to higher positions of responsibility at public and private colleges and universities.

Under the leadership of Dr. Javier Cevallos, the former President of Framingham State University in Massachusetts — AALI offers opportunities to learn from experienced leaders and provides access to the skills, tools, mentoring and connections that will prepare you for success.


More than 50% of administrators who have participated in AALI programs have successfully advanced to senior cabinet level positions and presidencies.

AALI programs include:

Nancy Niemi

“AALI and ELA have been invaluable to me and to my development as a professional.  To continue, ELA allowed me to hear from current presidents, who offered realistic perspectives on the job. I could trust what they said because I trust AALI and ELA.   Equally importantly, I gained a network of colleagues who, in other circumstances, might have only been competitors, but in ELA, they were first and foremost my colleagues.  I now have people on whom I can call. They have been part of the ELA experience and I can count on them to offer advice and support. I highly recommend ELA to anyone thinking about executive leadership in higher education.”

Dr. Nancy S. Niemi
President, Framingham State University

AALI Executive Leadership Academy Alumnus